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Monday, September 1, 2008

Ruddy Turnstone


I returned to Columbia Beach today, hoping to get another look at the Red Knot.  Three other birders were already there but had not seen the bird. I decided to just stay in one spot and hope for the best.  I continually looked through the Black-bellied Plovers but came up with the same result every time. They were Black-bellied Plovers. News that a Ruddy Turnstone had been seen kept me busy scanning through all the Black Turnstone. I was only there about 20 minutes before this attractive shorebird flew in. The other great bird that put on a show was a Parasitic Jaeger. It made several sorties on the local gulls before finally settling down further up the beach to preen. No knot but a wonderful morning.

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